Cecilia House ; Holiday home in the Dales
Cecilia House ; Holiday home in the Dales
Cecilia House: Gateway to the Dales
Cecilia House: Gateway to the Dales

What's new in Leyburn and the Wensleydale area

Check back here regularly for news and events from Leyburn and the Wensleydale area.

Previous Events


1940s Weekend

The great annual party of the 1940s weekend arrives again over 26th and 27th July.


The marklet place in Leyburn steps back in time to re-enact the period after world war 11, and everyone dresses up in 40s clothing - from US Army corps to Home Guard. Various entertainment takes place throughout the town including flag ceremonies, gang shows, demonstrations & displays, trade stands and memorablia, vintage vehicles and much more. There is also a vintage bus service ! 


A weekend not to miss. 


Calling all Beer Lovers

For all beer lovers there is nowhere much better in the country than Yorkshire for providing the amber nectar. 


Just down the road from Leyburn, at Masham, you will find two of the most well known breweries in the country - Black Sheep and Theakstons. Both offer tours and tasting sessions. Enjoy !


Search Black Sheep Brewery for more details.

Flowers of the Dales Festival

Over the Spring, Summer and Autumn there will be a Flowers of the Dales Festival taking place throughout the Dales.


A fantastic range of wildflower events and activities will be taking place with something for everyone. 


Search out the Yorkshire Dales Millenium Trust for further details.

New Welcome to Yorkshire Video

Building up to the Grand Depart

February 2014


For the latest news in the build up to the Grand Depart 2014 Click Here

More culture comes to Leyburn

January 2014


The old school house, near the centre of Leyburn, has been taken over and transformed in an Arts Centre and venue for film, music and all things artistic. A great addition to the facilities available in our beautiful town.  To keep in touch with forthcoming films and events Click here 

Wensleydale Railway Santa Trains

December 2013


Throughout December Wensleydale Railways will be running regular Santa Trains, where children can see Santa and tell him what presents they want at Christmas. Each child will receive a wrapped present.


At the same time, Mum and Dad can enjoy some mulled wine and mince pies ! 


Booking essential. Click on this link for more information : http://www.wensleydalerail.com/diary-of-events

Bolton Castle Spooky Spectacular

October 2013


Dare you enter the haunted castle and join us for our Spooky Spectacular event on Monday 28th October to Friday 1st November. With spooky potion making, pumpkin Chinese lantern making, witch and wizard hat making and two spooky trails there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Richmond Walking & Book Festival

September 2013


The ninth annual Walking & Book Festival is taking place in and around the beautiful town of Richmond from 21st to 29th September. 


This festival combines some exhilarating walks in the Dales around Richmond together with evening and day book readings, and discussions with some well known writers. A large Book Fair is thrown in as well. 


A great event . Click here for more details : http://www.booksandboots.org/

See the new Welcome to Yorkshire Tour de France video

Explore the Yorkshire Dales Cycleway before the Tour de France arrives

21st March 2013


See our new page about the new Yorkshire Dales Cycleway and get to experience this wonderful landscape on two wheels before the world's best road cyclists get the chance !

The Dales Art Festival is launched in Leyburn

24th February 2013


The Dales Arts Festival will be launched in Leyburn from May 4 - 6th. Supported by the local District Council and the Arts Council, this festival will offer local artists the opportunity to showcase their work to a wide audience.


The festival will take place within the Market Place and in a temporary sculpture park in Thornborough Hall gardens. There are also ten drop in workshop pitches in the town. These will allow visitors the opportunity to try their hand at creating art. 


Leyburn is fast gaining a reputation as a Dales centre for Art.  

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Tour De France route is announced

15 January 2013

The route for the first day of the Tour De France 2014 has been announced, and it will pass directly outside Cecilia House !


On July 5th the cyclists will set off from Leeds City Hall and make their way through the beautiful Dales countryside, taking in Otley, Skipton, into Wensleydale and Swaledale before moving south through Leyburn itself, then through Middleham and onto Ripon before finishing in Harrogate, where the first yellow jersey will be presented.


Take the chance to see one of the world's largest sporting events by looking out of our window !!

Tour De France is coming to Yorkshire

16 December 2012

The Grand Depart of the 2014 Tour De France cycle race will start in Yorkshire, it has just been announced.


The official start of the race will take place in Leeds on the 5th July 2014 before making it's way around the county and finishing the day at York. 


Exact details of the route will be announced in January. Who knows it could come through Leyburn.


Allez Yorkshire !

Santa Claus is coming to town

25 November 2012

All aboard the Santa Special !


Meet Santa aboard the Wensleydale Railway, his magical train. Children will receive presents whilst adults can have refreshments, as the steam train moves between Leyburn and Leeming Bar. Each trip last approx one hour.

Click here for more information

The Fab Four are coming to Leyburn


21st October 2012

A local award winning photographer, Paul Berriff, was just 16 years old when he was given the chance to follow the Beatles during a tour of England. He was a young photographer at the time and was given access to the Fab four on their tour. The resulting picture negatives were subsequently lost to time, but Paul came across them recently and was amazed to discover so many negatives from which he has produced a truly exiting portfolio of black and white prints.


These prints have been displayed in New York and London but now, they are coming to Leyburn. The pictures are going on display at the Wensleydale Galleries in town from 21st October to 18 November. If you are feeling rich then you could even purchase some !

The Beatles The Beatles

The wonder of The Wensleydale Way

25 September 2012

Leyburn has long been a destination for walkers and now the town is being put on the long-distance walking map with the publication of a 60-mile walk. The walk has been devised by Diana Jolland, whose series of 'Pub walks' and 'Just the Ticket' walking leaflets are sold widely throughout Wensleydale. Diana, chairman of Leyburn Walkers Are Welcome group, has spent many months researching the route and now the walk is published in a booklet to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Wensleydale Society, with profits being donated to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. The booklet, wonderfully illustrated by local artist David Nash, provides a detailed guide to walkers in a series of eight routes starting in Leyburn and going to Redmire, Askrigg, Hardraw, Garsdale Station, Gayle, Bainbridge, West Burton and back to Leyburn. The booklet is available from Leyburn Tourist Information Centre and The Walking Shop in Leyburn.

A big event, a big challenge and a big thank you

30 July 2012

A big pat on the back today to the organisers of the Leyburn 1940s' Weekend. It is difficult to keep improving on such a great annual event but hats off to the organisers this year. The collective effort of the organising committee, the community groups, the pubs, restaurants and shops was outstanding in creating a fantastic festival. Also well done to the unsung volunteers who helped with the vital tasks such as staffing the park and ride car parks. The atmosphere in the town was terrific. I spoke to a number of people who just happened to be passing through Leyburn and all commented on the great atmosphere and the welcome they received. Another memorable day in Leyburn's calendar.

Make you sure you make a date to be at next year's Leyburn 1940's weekend

Sunshine and fun forecast for 1940s' weekend

26 July 2012

The good news is that sunny weather is forecast for the weekend for the Leyburn 1940s' Weekend. The bad news is, well there isn't any bad news. Thousands of people are expected to attend the event, which features music, costumes, stalls, street theatre, historic vehicles and much more. Keep an eye out for displays and events in local shops, and see if you can spy Rene and the 'allo 'allo team around the Market Place. Also, Leyburn Amateur Dramatic Society performing a Dad's Army sketch in the Market Place on Saturday and Sunday. Come to Leyburn and have a great day out. You won't forget it.

It's up to you now, St Swithin!

15 July 2012

After the wettest early summer in living memory, people can be forgiven for looking to the heavens for a miracle, and what better time than today, St Swithin's Day. You might recall the popular rhyme:


St Swithin's day if thou dost rain
For forty days it will remain
St Swithin's day if thou be fair
For forty days 'twill rain nae mair. 

It seems that the origin of this popular myth has become lost in the midst of time. Similar myths exist in other countries, in France it is 8 June, the feast of St Gervasius and St Protasius. However, with the climate of France so differenct than our own, it seems fair to say that the French are not in such dire need of help than us Brits. According to the weather forecast, today is set fair to be dry and sunny in Wensleydale. Let's hope so.

Fast and furious falls at Askrigg gets the vote

7 July 2012

I've blogged before about Wensleydale's abundance of waterfalls but the rain has continued since then and the weight of water has increased. So now it the time to see them. The obvious ones are Aysgarth and Hardraw but I was interested by the comment of a visitor this week, who observed that, having toured many of the local falls, Gill Mill Waterfall at Askrigg was her favourite, all the more so because it was so unexpected. Fast and furious after our summer monsoon. I had to confess that I had not visited the Askrigg falls before but I will certainly be putting it on my to-do list.

The Olympic Torch comes to Leyburn The Olympic Torch comes to Leyburn

New website

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